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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! Weather conditions the past several days have been almost perfect across southeast Wisconsin. In Milwaukee highs have been in the 70s, with nighttime lows in the 50s and low 60s. Combining this with very low humidity, I would say this qualifies as ‘Free Air Conditioning’!
Morning lows were very Fall-like across the state on Thursday morning. Some spots even dipped into the 30s across northern Wisconsin! Here is a list of morning lows:
- Land O’ Lakes 36
- Burlington 44
- Fond du Lac 46
- West Bend 47
- Sheboygan 48
- Kenosha 50
- Milwaukee 56
The low of 56 in Milwaukee was the coolest overnight low since July 1(53 degrees)…almost 2 months! While the dew points will stay low thru at least Saturday, temperatures are going to begin climbing.
Highs should touch 80 on Friday in Milwaukee, with mid-80s expected for the weekend. The sunshine will also hang around into early next week, so all-in-all, a nice end to August is on the way.
By Monday and Tuesday, the humidity will once again get your attention, and temperatures may do the same. Highs are expected to be in the 85-88 degree range both days. Below is a forecast temperature map from the GFS computer model. That is valid at 7 p.m. Monday. Notice that temperatures will still be close to 84 or 85 degrees well after peak daytime heating! Sunset times by then will be around 7:30 p.m.
A question mark as to how long the warm weather will last may be tied to something occurring in the tropics! We are now about in the peak of hurricane season. And as of this writing, 2 named storms are traveling in the Atlantic. Hurricane Danielle and Tropical Storm Earl(soon to be a hurricane). Below is an infrared satellite picture of the storms as of late Thursday afternoon. An infrared satellite measures the temperature of the clouds, the yellow and red colors represent colder cloud tops, and generally that means they are higher and associated with thunderstorms in this case. Just click on the image to enlarge.
Both storms in the Atlantic…believe it or not…may impact our weather next week. The question of how long will our warm-up last, and the timing of a mid-week cold front can be tied to these storms are their paths. By early next week, a ridge, or area of high pressure will be located over the East. Since hurricanes are very large, they can act to put the brakes on the overall weather trying to move from west to east. The storm to watch for next week is Earl. It will likely become a major hurricane, and could get somewhat close to the U.S.
Since Earl stands a much better chance of taking a track closer to the U.S. than Danielle, there is a chance the ridge in the East will not move, and the result could be a longer stretch of dry and warm weather for southeast Wisconsin. So the mid-week forecast for next week will likely change in the coming days to reflect the timing of a cold front.
Make sure to watch WISN 12 News for the latest data on the weekend and our next chance of rain.
Have a great day!